|The Perfect 10 – Council's Pledge to Tackle Climate Change
Cabinet Champion for the Environment Cllr David Molyneux launches the council’s ‘pool bike’ scheme with Sustainable Travel Officer Dawn Jones and Head of Organisational Development Alison Hughes.
Wigan Council has given its support to a national campaign to combat climate change.
At its last meeting the council's cabinet considered a report concerning the issue of global warming and voted to lend support to the 10:10 Campaign.
This is a national initiative which highlights the urgency of reducing carbon emissions. It is based on the simple idea of organisations cutting their carbon output by 10 per cent in 2010.
Wigan Council has already introduced a series of measures across the authority to help reduce carbon emissions and therefore tackle climate change.
The council is signed up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme and is aiming for a 15 per cent reduction in emissions by 2011. To date there has been a six per cent reduction in emissions from council-owned buildings and there are plans to expand this initiative to cover the borough's schools.
Measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions already undertaken by the council include:
- using centrally controlled heating in council buildings
- trials of various 'green' energy sources such as solar thermal heating
- More efficient power-management for computers and the introduction of 'shared' printers
- The introduction of a pool-bike scheme for employees travelling on council businesses
The Cabinet heard that the 10:10 initiative will give a measurable target to build on these successes.
Welcoming the Cabinet's decision to sign up to the 10:10 Campaign, Environment Champion Cllr David Molyneux says: “With the UN conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen just days away there has never been a better time for us to raise awareness about this vitally important issue.
“Climate change predictions show that without severe cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the world will be hit by drought, flooding and famine affecting all of us and poorest countries in particular. Some of these countries are already suffering from the effects of climate change. This is an issue of social justice as well as a call to take environmental action.”
Cllr Molyneux adds: “The council is already committed to reducing its carbon footprint and is making steady progress in achieving this through various measures. But we hope by signing up to 10:10 that we can demonstrate the importance of addressing climate change. We would also like to encourage our partners, residents and businesses to follow suit and see how they could really make a difference in reducing carbon emissions.”
You can find out more about how to help the environment in Wigan by visiting Wigan Council's website – www.wigan.gov.uk and looking under 'Environment'.